Wreckage from a Comet jet
Known as Comets, the world’s first jet airliners entered passenger service in 1952 to huge public acclaim. Two years later, a Comet crashed into the Mediterranean near Italy, killing all 35 on board. This is part of its fuselage.
Wreckage was recovered from the seabed and sent to the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough where, along with an undamaged Comet, it was subjected to exhaustive testing.
The investigation relied on a huge amount of high-speed computation provided by the Pilot ACE computer.
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